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Kristen Fuller

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Dancing Through Time with Helen Foerster

As a history major at San Jose State University, I've been drawn to the lives of ordinary people rather than focusing on monarchs or generals. I find a deep connection in exploring the diaries, letters, and community meeting notes of regular individuals. There's something powerful about understanding the lives of those who came before us as everyday people. Los Altos History Museum’s Oral History Project takes this…
December 6, 2023
In The News

Orchard gets face-lift as museum collaborates with new orchardist

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier A transformation is underway at the Los Altos Heritage Orchard, as pruning and planting activities, combined with the installation of a drip irrigation system, are breathing new life into the historical landmark. At the helm of the projects is the Los Altos History Museum’s Orchard Commons Committee, led by chairperson Jane Packard and Terence…
December 5, 2023
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Frank Berry: Los Altos’ First Ophthalmologist

Although I’m a San Diego native who has only lived in the Bay Area for the past two years, interning for Los Altos History Museum has given me the opportunity to get to know the city of Los Altos almost as well as I know the city I grew up in. The Museum’s Oral History Committee works tirelessly to preserve the history of Los Altos through the eyes…
November 30, 2023
Clyde Coombs is presented with his Oral History by Oral History Committee interviewer, Patti White.In The News

History Museum Launches Oral History Project Online

Town Crier Report/Los Altos Town Crier Local history comes to life through the voices and memories of residents recorded for the Los Altos History Museum’s oral history project. The museum has made audio excerpts of 50 of the oral histories available to the public for online listening. Since the 1990s, museum volunteers have been conducting interviews with residents, capturing their personal insights, experiences and…
November 15, 2023
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Heritage Orchard Gets a Facelift as Museum Collaborates with New Orchardist

LOS ALTOS, CA (Nov 14, 2023) – A revitalizing transformation is underway in Los Altos Heritage Orchard. Pruning and planting activities, combined with the installation of a drip irrigation system, are breathing new life into this historic landmark. At the helm of these projects stands the Orchard Commons Committee of Los Altos History Museum led by Chair Jane Packard, and…
November 14, 2023
In The News

Block party celebrates Gemello neighborhood, legendary winery

Special to the Town Crier/Los Altos Town Crier Before Google and other high-tech companies became symbols of the area, the Gemello ranch and winery stood as the heart of the orchard-filled community of Mountain View from the 1930s to the 1980s. The Los Altos History Museum is scheduled to explore the history of what is now known as the Gemello neighborhood…
November 7, 2023
Clyde Coombs is presented with his Oral History by Oral History Committee interviewer, Patti White.Press Releases

History Museum Launches Oral History Project Online

LOS ALTOS, CA (Nov 7, 2023) – Local history comes to life through the voices and memories of individuals from the Los Altos community. Since the 1990s, dedicated volunteers at Los Altos History Museum have been conducting interviews with local residents, capturing their personal insights, experiences, and reflections on past events and the community’s history. Los Altos History Museum is…
November 7, 2023
In The News

History Museum lecture reveals secret military funding of early Silicon Valley

Allyson Johnson/Special to the Los Altos Town Crier “Hidden in Plain Sight,” the first in a series of lectures on conspiracy theories presented by the Los Altos History Museum in partnership with the Foothill-De Anza Center for Applied Humanities, attracted a capacity audience Oct. 19. Stanford University adjunct professor Steve Blank discussed the classified origins of Silicon Valley. The audience included…
November 1, 2023
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Museum’s Block Party Celebrates the Gemello Neighborhood and Legendary Winery

LOS ALTOS, CA (Oct 31, 2023) – Before Google and other high-tech industries became symbols of the area, the Gemello ranch and winery stood as the heart of the orchard-filled community of Mountain View from the 1930s-1980s. Los Altos History Museum explores the history of what is now known as “The Gemello Neighborhood” at a block party, held on Thursday, November…
October 31, 2023
In The News

A new photo exhibit says Silicon Valley is building the future. But is it the future we want?

John King /San Francisco Chronicle Back when high tech was defined by physical computers and how they functioned, the work took place in straightforward structural shells that spread out across Silicon Valley as the apricot orchards receded. Now that tech titans view themselves in much grander terms — “By giving people the power to share, we’re making the world more transparent,” to…
October 21, 2023
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From Dirt Path to Icon: Museum Reveals El Camino Real’s Evolution

LOS ALTOS, CA (Oct 17, 2023) – Once a humble dirt footpath, the historical transformation of the renowned El Camino Real that connects the 21 California Missions is a fascinating journey. Discover the story of this iconic road at Los Altos History Museum's newest exhibition, “El Camino Real: Changing California," on display November 9, 2023 to February 25, 2024.  …
October 17, 2023